How Agroecology Can Save the World - BORGEN
DETROIT, Michigan- The practice of agroecology first came to my attention while reading Tracie McMillan’s “The American Way of Eating,” a journalistic account of the author’s experiences while working in various food production jobs across the country. Starting in a grape vineyard in California and ending at a Brooklyn Applebee’s, McMillan explores the business of food in the United States, most notably the inaccessibility of healthy food for the majority of the nation.
While working at a Wal-Mart in Detroit, a city known as a ‘food desert,’ McMillan encountered a farming technique initiated by the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. The community organization uses sustainable farming techniques in urban locations to grow well-tended fruits and vegetables. Michigan State University found that such a practice that could, potentially, provide more than half of Detroit’s fruit and vegetable consumption.
To better explain how such a practice could replace the industrial food system and possibly revolutionize food distribution in developing countries, here is a five-point list explaining the what, where, and why of agroecology…